black peaches Fire & a Water Sign (12", £7.95)label: 1965
Rob Smoughton is probably best known as a longtime member of Hot Chip and Scritti Politti, while his alter-ego Grovesnor has released a number of albums to critical acclaim. Now he unveils his new band, Black Peaches. • A midway point between the swamp and the tropics, Black Peaches’ music is gloriously loose-limbed and strung-out: a psychotropic stew of country boogie, spiritual jazz and funk. • Inspirations include 70s Nashville combo Barefoot Jerry and their guitarist Mac Gaden - that combination of Southern soul and country coming together with Caribbean or South American music seeped in. Then from Brazil, the rhythm section of Baden Powell Sambas’ 1966 album ‘Os Afro Sambas’ and the double guitar attack of the psych-tinged Novos Baianos, alongside Chicago’s funky post-rockers 5Style and Krautrock legends Can. • The band release a 12” of their first single ‘Fire And A Water Sing’ on 1965 Records. The 12” includes a glorious remix courtesy of Joe Goddard from Rob Smoughton’s old band Hot Chip.
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